Soliloquies - Truth or Lie...or Overheard
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0833 Thursday, 20 December 2007
From: Larry Weiss <
Date: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 17:18:13 -0500
Subject: 18.0827 Soliloquies - Truth or Lie...or Overheard
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0827 Soliloquies - Truth or Lie...or Overheard
For those who quibble with my solution to the question -- we don't know
enough about Ophelia yet; Polonius doesn't rhyme (he does actually --
"Neither a borrower ..."); other characters are also sententious; etc --
I ask: If not here, where? If not this, then what?
Where does Hamlet first show awareness or suspicion about the privacy of
his conversation with Ophelia? What does "Ha ha!" mean? What does "Are
you honest?" mean? (Do you think Ophelia correctly interprets this as in
inquiry into her chastity?) If you agree that this line shows Hamlet's
awakened suspicion, then what awakened it? What happened just before
this line that might have inspired Hamlet's interjection and question?
Haven't you ever seen a modern mystery melodrama in which a character
speaks in an unaccustomed fashion and the detective immediately picks up
that something is out of order?
In any case, if I am wrong, what is right?
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